Saturday, March 6, 2010


Surfers: 10.02.08 #5 Hannah, unique tintype, Malibu
Copyright © Joni Sternbach / All rights reserved

Surfers: 10.02.17 #5 Chris & Dan, unique tintype, Refugio
Copyright © Joni Sternbach / All rights reserved

Surfers: 09.02.12 #8 Lakey, unique tintype, Rincon
Copyright © Joni Sternbach / All rights reserved

Surfers: 16.11.09 # Turtle Cove , unique tintype, Turtle Cove
Copyright © Joni Sternbach / All rights reserved

March 6-7, 12-6 pm
Joni Sternbach at the Red Dot Art Fair with Kenise Barnes Fine Art
500 West 36 St at Tenth Ave # 140, 1st floor

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I have a special fondness for Joni Sternbach's unique tintype images. Having lived in *Montauk for over 15 years, many of Sternbach's photographs were taken just down the cliff's from us at 'Turtle Cove' and 'Ditch Plains', and I recognize some of the locals in her book SurfLand. But it's the beauty and expertise of her wet-plate technique that really sets Sternbach's work apart from the rest of us.

"Working with a large-format camera, photographer Joni Sternbach concentrates on locations that are close to or directly on the water. In an era of rapid-fire digital snapshots, Sternbach employs the wet-plate collodion process and the distinctive appearance of her finished works echoes nineteenth-century traditions of anthropological photography. The wet-plate technique informs her careful compositions while producing intimate portraits imbued with spontaneity and the raw quality of the process reveals the dignity in her subjects. In SurfLand, photographer and subject overlap on the periphery of two powerful elements: the land and the sea. The singular, primitive act of surfing on the water is eclipsed by the social and negotiated state of human interaction on the shore. Sternbach's surfers are persistent elements in a shifting natural scene, acting as a bridge between the sea as an unbridled force of nature and the shore line, a place of leisure and cultural phenomena." –Flak Photo's March Weekend Series

Joni Sternbach with Joseph Bellows at AIPAD Photography Show
March 18th-March 21 Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave & 67th Street

The Book: SurfLand | Photographs by Joni Sternbach


* Priscilla Rattazzi's Vintage Photograph of Matthew Avedon and me on the 'beach' in *Montauk for Italian Per Lui Magazine

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